Trionyx triunguis

Common name: the African Softshell Turtle

Conservation status: Critically Endangered

Distribution: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Greece, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Turkey

Size: up to 900 mm

Description: shell is flat and soft, dark coloured with white spots. Limbs are webbed. Head is olive with light yellow spots and elongated snout

Habitat: slow-moving ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, drainage canals with muddy bottoms

Activity: diurnal

Diet: aquatic invertebrates, fish, small reptiles, aquatic plants and carrion

Reproduction: oviparous

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